Top 5 Must Haves for Parents of Multiples

Whether you have twins or two or more children of different ages, one thing that is certain is the more kids you add into the mix the more things you need. This doesn’t mean you need to clutter your home with two of everything. There are simple ways to improvise and helpful product must haves for parents of multiples that make it easier to get by when there’s more than one tot around. Check out these picks that I recommend for parents who are sporting around with a crew on board.

Double Stroller
These are great, not only for parents of twins, but for those who have two children relatively close in age. It can be a real life saver on those shopping trips where you have two in tow with you because it sits both kids comfortably and even allows for napping. And for those with twins, most double strollers are accommodating for two infant car seats much like a travel system so you can get out and go in less time.

Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller
Baby Trend Double StrollerThis is the ideal stroller to have if you have twins OR two children of various ages. The stroller accepts two infant car seats by various brands for younger babies and comfortably seats infants and toddlers up to 40 pounds. What makes this stroller unique is that, in addition to accepting other brand car seats, it is also designed for children of varying ages with a rear seat that an older child can either sit or stand in. It features a convenient one-hand fold operation, a parent tray with cup holders and a spacious storage basket.

Large Diaper Bag
When you’re on the go with two or more kids, there’s more you’ll need to pack on, from extra diapers and bottles or the essentials for your baby and toddler that you don’t want to leave the house without. You need a reliable tote that will accommodate your needs. Some parents opt for a backpack rather than a tote for this very reason. If you prefer a bag with a sense of style, here’s one you may like.

Skip Hop Duo BagSkip Hop Duo Double Deluxe Diaper Bag
This bag is pretty neat because it offers versatility in carrying options. It comes with a long strap so that it can be worn as a traditional tote, a messenger bag, or use the shuttle clips to attach it to the stroller. The bag has a multitude of pockets and compartments both inside and out to hold everything you need while keeping it organized. It comes in three design options that are suitable for the mom with a sense of fashion or keep it simple in black for dad.

A Baby Seat
You don’t need to have all of the baby gear products out there but one item that is essential is a baby seat. These serve as an extra pair of hands from entertaining to feedings and even cat naps, so if you have twins make sure you have two. When our toddler was still using the high chair (as the booster seat) I would use our bouncy seat for feeding the baby.

Summer Infant 3-Stage Superseat HighchairSummer Infant seat
I recommend this over the previously popular Bumbo seat because of its versatility. This seat offers 3 different stages that can act as an extra high chair, an entertaining seat for baby to play, and a booster seat at the table. It features a 3-point safety harness system and an activity tray that rotates 360-degrees with fun toys and two cup holders. It is suitable for infants and young toddlers from 12- 33 pounds.

Playpen
It’s a given that playpens are very useful for babies. They can nap in them, change their diaper in them, and offer a safe play area for baby. This is one item you really don’t need two of; however, having two different types of playpens is beneficial. While a traditional Pack N’ Play is great in the beginning, eventually space will become a little too cramped for comfort.

North States Superyard Play Yard
Play yardI would highly recommend this playpen to parents of twins, triplets, or even quads due to the amount of space that it gives your babies to play. The design allows for toys to be attached to it for your little ones’ delight. It is sturdy, suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use, and you can expand it to provide even more space if you choose. When you need your space the pen folds up compactly and comes with a carrying strap.

A Baby Monitor
You won’t always be with your baby 24/7 so when they are quietly napping in a separate room, it really helps to have a baby monitor for you to keep an ear/eye on them. Invest in a model such as the video monitors that can accept multiple baby units to keep in different areas of the house.

Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor
MotorolaThis video monitor is loaded with many features. It comes with a 3.5” color screen to view your baby and the room temperature as well as control settings remotely including the pan, tilt, and zoom features on the camera. You can talk back to your baby or play lullabies to help lull them back to sleep. This system is expandable up to 4 cameras which you can view different areas simultaneously from the portable parent unit.

I highly recommend these must haves for parents of multiples to help make life with more than one child a little easier. Whether you’re toting around twins or two children of various ages, you’re sure to find great convenience with the products listed here.

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